1802, additions and alterations (which in the main retain the
original floor plan but heighten the house), Charles Doig,
Elgin 1903; further additions and remodelling, W H Woodroffe,
London, 1912-14. Minor alterations, A J Morrison, Elgin,
Substantial 2-storey and attic house over raised basement;
regular wide 7-bay S front (3 centre bays linked to advanced
outer bays by narrow bays). Squared cherry-pointed tooled
ashlar frontage, tooled rubble flanks and rear, contrasting
polished ashlar dressings.
Centre entrance approached by flight of steps oversailing
raised basement; entrance masked by substantial porch added
after 1914 and modelled on tetrastyle portico of 1802, with
bowed mullioned and transomed side windows and glazed
frontage with coloured glass depicting Lictors' staves.
Flanking tripartites with carved detailing as on porch; 3 1st
floor bipartites. 1912-14 Venetian windows in ground floor of
both advanced outer bays with tripartite in 1st floor above;
multi-pane glazing. Substantial corniced blocking course to
outer bays returning across E and W side elevations with
quatrefoil detailing. Tall corniced ridge and wallhead stacks
with repeat quatrefoil detailing to copes; piended slate
roofs, steeply pitched in centre.
Wide rear elevation with irregular advanced outer bays; 4
piended and one box dormer.
INTERIOR: some 1802 beaded panelled dados, window shutters
and doors survive. White painted 1802 carved chimneypiece in
entrance hall with mantel-shelf supported by slender columns
with Corinthian capitals. Present dining room with carved
white marble chimneypiece with centre swag. 1802 plaster
ceiling friezes in drawing and dining rooms, 1912 frieze in
entrance hall. 1903 staircase fronted by arcaded screen
supported by fluted Ionic columns.
Statement of Special Interest
Burgie was the seat of the Dunbar's of Grange; in 1796 Lewis
Dunbar of Burgie married Sophia Brodie of Coulmony,
Nairnshire, adding Brodie to his name. They built the present
Burgie House in 1802, demolishing the old castle (except the
tower) to provide materials.
The estate was rented by Alexander Thomson, who originated
from Turriff and who made money in Ceylon, from 1900 and
purchased by him in 1911. His initials together with those of
his wife are on the 1912 datestone; reused datestone of 1621
set in E gable are those of Robert Dunbar and his wife,
Charles Doig probably acted as executant architect to W H
Woodroffe 1912-14, as the plans are together in the Doig
Collection. The drawings show the original tetrastyle
portico, rather than the one fronting the house at present.
The 1802 portico was subsequently re-erected in the walled